strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
Ttheilen (361) - USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.
PintjeFritz (73) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Three labels on the bottle but without information about the hops, malts or drinktemperature in detail. The website is terrible - only sales....
A cloudy golden beer with a small head, yeast is dominated, no hoppy or malty, honey, finish is very short, the Erdinger Urweise is the better alternative here,
(I have a 0.5l bottle with batch L151309 1355 and best-before 06-2016)
dlihcsnatas (579) - Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprisingly clear yellow brew. Checked the bottom of bottle to see if it was filtered but there was sediment at the bottom of bottle. Would love to know their secret on keeping the sediment at the bottom during the pour. Other than that, pretty plain with nothing really exciting going on. So while nothing there making me want to buy more I would still buy it if I found it on sale.
Scrumpy369 (256) - - MAY 9, 2016
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle at home. Hazy yellow colour with a lasting white head. Nose of doughy basement aromas, similar to mass produed low quality lagers... Taste is medim sweetness, very low bitterness. Very low carbonation. Meh.
nathanvc (180) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy yellow to orange with a lasting white foamy head. The aroma contains yeast, fruits (especially banana), wheat and grass. It tastes medium to light sweet. Long and wheaty finish. Light body, creamy texture and fizzy carbonation. Could use a bit more punch.
MayumiH (750) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Subtle clove and banana. Lightly yeasty with some bitterness. It’s okay.
wojownik17 (80) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jedno z najsłynniejszych, klasycznych piw i jakość piwa nie zawodzi. Jak dla mnie - jeden z wzorców gatunku, znakomity osad, bujna wysoka piana, długo utrzymująca się. W aromacie na pierwszy plan wychodzi banan. W smaku lekko kwaskowe, pełnie pszeniczne. Bardzo dobre.
rarbring (2131) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: The smell is wheat dough, with yeast and spices, clove, coriander and orange marmalade
Appearance: A cloudy golden brew with a firm white head that recedes slowly leaving good lacing.
Taste: The taste is like a liquid spicy wheat bun with bitter orange marmalade.
Palate: A medium carbonation, small intense and mouth-filling bubbles
Overall: A very decent wheat beer, nice in the summer sun.
Note: Bottle, with a chili burger. Reviewed 2010-06-22.
sudomorph (1025) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy pale orange with a half finger of white head that thins to a thick film. Aroma has notes of traditional, earthy, spicy hops, clove/spice, mild bread and caramel, and hints of fruity esters. Taste is balanced. Bits of darker caramel, bread, biscuit, traditional hops, slight banana and other fruits, a touch of spice, and a medium finish. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Clean and refreshing in the mouth with a active carbonated mouth feel. Overall an easy drinking beer. Traditional in its flavours but done well.
gorkogrlo (294) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 28, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours light yellow color with big head. It is not so hazy as I expected. Aroma remind me on nuts. And, of course, some banana and yeast notes. Maybe also metal notes. Flavor is watery with banana notes. Not so sweet. Medium body. Overall: ok but missing some classic characteristics of hefe (eg. Body, stronger yeast esters). Anyway it is easy drinkable.